This project aims to develop an easy-to-use weed identification and reporting tool that helps the user to correctly identify and manage weed species listed in the Alberta Weed Control Act.
Most species regulated in the Alberta Weed Control Act are Invasive Alien Species. Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are species that have been introduced into an area outside their natural distribution. These species have the ability to adapt to their new habitats and often lack natural predators. This allows them to grow in large numbers in the new environment. Therefore, IAS can severely impact agricultural production and can negatively impact populations of native species and their habitats. Some IAS can also cause negative effects on human health.
For efficient management of IAS, it is important to prevent or minimize the chance of new invasions, as well as detect and respond rapidly to newly introduced or already established populations.
- Prevent the unintentional introduction of invasive alien weed species:
The proposed smart phone application will be made publicly available to increase public awareness and knowledge in Alberta.
- Early detection of newly introduced invasive alien weed species and finding unknown already established populations:
An increased awareness (objective 1) in combination with attractive tools and an easy to use reporting system is anticipated to increase reporting activity. This will help to detect new invasive alien species faster and increase knowledge about the distribution of already established invasive species which, in turn, helps to improve efficient management of IAS invasions.
- Alberta Invasive Species Council
- Alberta Native Plant Council
- Athabasca University
- City of Edmonton – Office of Biodiversity
- City of St. Albert
- Edmonton Naturalization Group
- Government of Alberta – Agricultural and Rural Development, Pest Surveillance Branch
- Government of Alberta – Tourism, Parks and Recreation